Creamer Continues Strong Women's Open Play

Paula Creamer's even-par 72 was one of the best rounds of the day on Saturday. (USGA/Darren Carroll)
By Dave Shedloski
June 29, 2013

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. – Since missing the cut in her U.S. Women’s Open debut in 2003, Paula Creamer has never finished outside the top 20, a run that includes the 2010 title at Oakmont Country Club near Pittsburgh.

On a windy Saturday at Sebonack Golf Club, Creamer showed why she’s such a consistent contender in the national championship. The greens were firm and faster than previous rounds, the hole locations were challenging, and the aforementioned breeze off Great Peconic Bay had a mind of its own, strong and gusty. Amid this intimidating mix, Creamer cobbled together a round of two birdies and two bogeys for even-par 72, which tied for the second-best round of the day.

Only leader Inbee Park did better, making birdie at No. 18 for a 1-under 71.

Joining Creamer at 72 were Ai Miyazato, Kristy McPherson and defending champion Na Yeon Choi. At 1-over-par 217 through 54 holes, Creamer stands tied for sixth with fellow American Jessica Korda.

Unfortunately for them, they are 11 strokes behind Park, who seeks her second U.S. Women's Open and her third straight victory this year in a major championship.

“My goal was to get it under par. Obviously that's a good round out here,” said Creamer, 26, of Windermere, Fla. “The pin placements were really tough. They obviously saw 9‑under was leading and they are going to make it as hard as they can, which they should. It's still fair.”

For the fourth year in a row and fifth time in six years, Creamer enters the final round in the top 10, including 2010 when she closed with a 1-under 69 and captured her first major. She has had her struggles on Sunday as well, breaking par only twice. Four times she has shot 75 or higher.

She has her work cut out for her tomorrow to catch Park. Another difficult day undoubtedly awaits. Does she push it or play conservatively and see if Park and the others fall back?

“It's a little bit of both,” she said. “I'm kind of far behind, so I have got to make some birdies. At the same time, this golf course is all about playing your own game.  When you do have opportunities to try to capitalize on them. I had some coming down the stretch.  It was unfortunate I couldn't make a birdie on that one par 5, 13. It was just up in front. Then I bogeyed the next hole. I kind of felt like I gave almost two shots away there.”

Creamer, who finished as the low amateur in the 2004 championship when she tied for 13th place, went out on Saturday in 33, thanks to birdies at the second and ninth holes. The former she birdied with a hybrid to 20 feet, the latter after knocking a wedge to 4 feet. Bogeys at 11 and 14 returned her to level par for the day.

“The thing that I wish I could [do] a little bit better was make the ones that I have for birdie,” said Creamer who has only converted six birdies in 54 holes. “At the same time, it all evens out. I've hit the ball really well. Like I said, if you look at my cards the last three days, I really haven't had too many mistakes. I haven't made enough birdies, but I also haven't given too many away.

“Yeah, goodness I played really solid.”

Dave Shedloski is an Ohio-based freelance writer whose work previously has appeared on USGA websites.

Follow the USGA
Become a Facebook Fan of the USGAFollow us on Twitter @usopengolf
World Amateur Golf Ranking
WAGR Counting Event
Partner Links
AmEx image
AmEx image
AmEx image
AmEx image

The USGA and Chevron have committed to using the game of golf to encourage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. This commitment has led to the creation of extensive golf-focused STEM teaching tools, and has resulted in charitable contributions to support golf-related programs through Eagles for Education™

At U.S. Open Championships the Chevron STEM ZONE™ is an interactive experience highlighting the science and math behind the game of golf through a variety of hands-on exhibits and experiments.

The partnership has also produced educational materials such as the Science of Golf video series and a nationally-distributed newspaper insert which are provided to teachers as tools to enhance existing curriculum in schools. These lessons teach the science behind the USGA’s equipment testing, handicapping, and agronomy efforts.

For more interactive experiences featuring golf-focused STEM lessons, visit the partnership homepage.

Chevron image

Rolex has been a longtime supporter of the USGA and salutes the sportsmanship and great traditions unique to the game. This support includes the Rules of Golf where Rolex has partnered with the USGA to ensure golfers understand and appreciate the game.

As the official timekeeper of the USGA and its championships, they also provide clocks throughout host sites for spectator convenience.

For more information on Rolex and their celebration of the game, visit the Rolex and Golf homepage.

Rolex image

IBM has partnered with the USGA to bring the same technology, expertise, and innovation it provides to businesses all over the world to the USGA and golf's national championship.

IBM provides the information technology to develop and host the U.S. Open’s official website,, as well as the mobile apps and scoring systems for the three U.S. Open championships. These real-time technology solutions provide an enhanced experience for fans following the championship onsite and online.

For more information on IBM and the technology that powers the U.S. Open and businesses worldwide, visit

AmEx image

Lexus is committed to partnering with the USGA to deliver a best-in-class experience for the world’s best golfers by providing a fleet of courtesy luxury vehicles for all USGA Championships.

At each U.S. Open, Women’s Open and Senior Open, Lexus provides spectators with access to unique experiences ranging from the opportunity to have a picture taken with both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open trophies to autograph signings with legendary Lexus Golf Ambassadors in the Lexus Performance Drive Pavilion.

For more information on Lexus, visit

AmEx image
American Express

Together, American Express and the USGA have been providing world-class service to golf fans since 2006. By creating interactive U.S. Open experiences both onsite and online, American Express enhances the USGA’s effort to make the game more accessible and enjoyable for fans.

For more information on American Express visit

AmEx image